Ferrari has announced that Jean-Eric Vergne will join the team next season as a test driver, to work on car development in the simulator. He will join race drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, third driver Esteban Gutiérrez, plus the regular test drivers Marc Genè and Davide Rigon. Pedro de la Rosa departs and will presumably show up at McLaren at some point soon.
“I feel very honored to be joining the Ferrari family and becoming a part of the most prestigious team in the
history of Formula 1,” Vergne said. “The objective is to help the Scuderia get back to the top step of the podium. Having had two years working in the simulator for a top F1 team and three years racing with Toro Rosso, my experience will add to the great efforts that are currently being made in order to get the team back to its winning ways.”